Voting Day is here, and you may have some questions you need answered.
Here’s a quick, at-a-glance guide to the most pressing questions facing voters today:
- Mail-in/Early vs Day-of Voting: Choose the method of voting which works best for you. If you chose mail-in voting and either did not receive your ballot or changed your mind, here’s a link to a list of rules for each state on what to do next. You can still vote! They will just need to cancel the vote they sent by mail, and they have a process to do exactly that. Tell the poll worker at your usual location what happened, and let them guide you.
- When should you vote? Waiting times at polls vary from location to location and hour by hour. Early mornings, lunch hours, and late evenings tend to be the busiest because people are voting around their work day. So late morning and late afternoon may provide you with the quickest experience.
- Can I vote without a valid ID? These laws vary from state to state. Many states allow you to register and vote on the same day, while others require you to register ahead of time. Check your state and local voting laws for clarity on your particular situation.
- How do I know my mail-in ballot was received? Almost all states offer tracking for all mailed ballots, so visit your state or county’s election website to check on yours.
- What should I do if someone tries to intimidate me at the polls? Voter intimidation is highly illegal. If someone tries to stop you from voting, alert nearby poll workers and local election officials, who can determine if police should be involved. The Election Protection hotline (a non-partisan group) can be reached for English-speaking individuals at 866-OUR-VOTE. For Spanish-speaking individuals, dial 888-VE-Y-VOTE. For Asian languages, call 888-API-VOTE, and for Arabic speakers, dial 844-YALLA-US.
- What if I’m sick on election day? Many states offer emergency absentee ballots for voters who are in the hospital. It’s a good idea to plan ahead if you think you may be indisposed on voting day, but contact local officials if all else fails and you find yourself without the ability to get to the polls.
Carpool with friends, check in on neighbors and elderly family members who may not have a way to get to the polls and help each other make democracy happen.
Good luck, and go vote.